Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Les Guignols Edition

By November 16, 2014 January 5th, 2015 No Comments


The annual live performances of the Japanese series Kamen Rider and Super Sentai have been announced.

Photos from a shadow puppet exhibit in Shijiazhuang, China.

The Little Ants are a unique troupe of Chinese shadow puppeteers affected by dwarfism.

Burmese puppetry troupe Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theater returns to Ragoon after an award winning run at the Harmony World Puppet Carnival.

The new Nha Trang Water Puppetry Theater has opened in Nha Trang City, Vietnam.

Photos from the Peperangan Bintang Wayang Kulit exhibit at Singapore’s Malay Heritage Center (link goes to a Facebook page, login or registration may be required).

Australia & New Zealand

Perth is getting ready for Royal de Luxe’s Australian invasion next year.

The first issue of the new Australian new puppetry magazine, UNIMA Oz, is available online for free.

The Maori puppeteers of Taowaru Performance Company received accolades for Te Ao at the Harmony World Puppetry Festival

“Unusualist” Raymond Crowe will tour New Zealand in February.


Les Guignols de l’Info has been keeping France in stitches for 26 years.

Emma Powell shares her Bunraku training experience in Amsterdam.

Tolosa International Puppet Festival takes place in Spain November 22 – 30th (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

North America

Canada’s subversive sock puppet Ed the Sock isn’t afraid to say anything.

Three generations of Godzilla suit actors gathered for the first time in North America last weekend.

Schroeder Cherry shares his experience as a Black puppetry artist in America.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts for the holidays.

Annie Rollins produced small scale Chinese shadow puppets for the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chicago will enjoy eight days of Nasty, Brutish and Short experimental puppetry during the Chicago International Puppetry Festival in January.

Popular YouTubers Jacob and Josh Fu have been puppetized for their new web series The FuZees.

Ben Lipitz talks about life as Pumbaa in The Lion King.

Kermit the Frog gave a TED Talk to impart some of his amphibian wisdom.

Reflections on the work and career of Bob Baker.

Ten advertising mascots you probably didn’t realize Jim Henson’s Creature Shop made.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

The World of Coca-Cola is looking for a suit performer to be The Coca-Cola Polar Bear in Atlanta Georgia.

Calls for Entry

Applications are now being accepted for Oxford Playhouse’s Evolve Artists in Residence scheme, which offers three artists or theatre companies seed funding, free rehearsal space, mentoring and support in Oxford, England.

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award offers the opportunity to produce a new show in London, England.

Puppet films intended for young audiences can be submitted to the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival until December 14th.

Articles and reviews are currently being accepted for the next issue of UNIMA-USA’s Puppetry International magazine.

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